- Always use Ebates as your starting point when shopping online. This way, you will earn cash back on your purchases. Just sign up with an account with them and start all your shopping from their page, which has a directory of online store links. Ebates offers cash back on most every place I have shopped online this year. Whether it is 4% or 10% or more cash back, it all adds up to a nice check in the mail for me later. They also list many discount codes the stores offer at the time.
- Do a coupon code search for the store you are shopping at. There are sites out there that list coupons (RetailMeNot.com, CouponChief.com and others) but I prefer to just do a search, e.g. "Kohls Coupon Codes." This will bring up any store codes that are out there for additional discounts or free shipping.
- Consider using a Discover Card this shopping season for online shopping. They are offering 5% cash back on all online shopping up to $1500 right now.
- Watch for items to go on sale. If it is not on sale yet and you don't urgently need it, check back. Most likely it will be marked on sale at some point.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
How to Save Even More When Shopping Online
I admit it. I do most of my Christmas shopping online. With all the deals and extra discounts, I can generally do better than shopping in the stores with the added benefits of no crowds, no standing in long lines, and saving gas money. There are some tricks to getting the greatest savings, though, and I thought I would share them with you.
I had been wanting a heated mattress pad. I had picked out one from J.C. Penney for $125. I waited to purchase it till I saw it was on sale last night for $87, a significant savings. I headed over to the Ebates page and saw that I would get 8% cash back, bringing the price down to $80.04. Shipping was free to my house. I did a quick search of coupons, but the only one I turned up was one for free shipping, but since they were already offering that, I didn't need to use it. I proceeded to use my Discover Card, getting $4.35 back in cash, making the final price $75.69 after discounts and cash back. That is a total savings of nearly $50! The thing about it is that if I went directly to J.C. Penney's to purchase it, I would have paid $11.61 more! Not to mention that I would have to lug it through the store, out to my car, and into the house. I like the idea of the man in brown just dropping it at my door step!
Oh, and one more bonus, I signed up for J.C. Penney Rewards. By spending $100 in a month, I will get a $10 reward. I had already spent $13 this month, so I will get a J.C. Penney $10 reward certificate--woo hoo!
Disclosure: This post contains an affiliate link to Ebates.